Tara Olson – Milwaukee

Tara Olson Alverno
Tara Olson is pursuing a business degree at Alverno College in order to provide better opportunities for herself and her daughter.

Name: Tara Olson

Hometown: Milwaukee

Course of Study: Business

Why did you choose Alverno College?
I chose to attend Alverno for the following reasons:

  • The promotion of women’s leadership and educational development
  • The educational standards and credibility Alverno College has around the country
  • Receiving my education with and around other successful women in my position
  • Flexibility of evening classes
  • Beautiful campus and learning environment
  • Access to new educational and professional opportunities

How has financial aid impacted your college experience?
Point blank, I would not be able to pursue higher education if it were not for the financial aid opportunities afforded to me.

What will a college degree mean to you?
It means despite the extremely difficult challenges I faced as a child and young adult, dreams can and will come true. It means reaching my full personal, educational and professional potential is within reach. It means laying a foundation and platform for my 9-year-old daughter to succeed in ways I never could. It means being the first in my family to earn a college degree.

Have you learned something during college you didn’t expect?
Good time management is a must! There are a lot of people who will support your success with guidance resources and opportunity. Learning can be fun and has helped my self-esteem.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to increase my salary and work towards a promotion and to continue towards a master’s degree. I also want to reach out to other young women from the neighborhood I grew up in to inspire them to pursue a college education.

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